John Foster Spence (1818–1901)
John Foster Spence was Mayor of Tynemouth in 1861 and between 1891–1893. Together with his brother, Joseph Spence and John Morrison, he was instrumental in establishing the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade. Following 5 shipwrecks on th Black Midden Rocks in 1864, the 3 men called a public meeting at the Town Hall in North Shields - and over a 100 volunteered to join the TVLS. Later he was made Justice of the Peace and honoured to become an Alderman.